Posts tagged "family"

A Funeral, An Estrangement & An Iced Tea

Plaster, chipped paint and dust particles that linger in overheated air before settling onto the plastic sheets covering every surface – for the past two weeks this has been my home, the first place that’s ever had my name on the title. I have to apologize to every person who has shared his or her... Read more »

Chicago Author & Playwright Keely Flynn Talks About Life Beyond the Picket Fence

I am so thrilled to share the Q&A I recently conducted with Chicago author and playwright, Keely Flynn. With a number of successful plays behind her and a book in the works, Keely is showing that yes, even married moms can rock the artistic world. See here how she compares buying a home to having a baby, why 20 and 30- somethings... Read more »

A Beaten Girl, Silenced Neighbor, and Broken System: Chicago Is Failing Our Children

A Beaten Girl, Silenced Neighbor, and Broken System: Chicago Is Failing Our Children
My mother stood over me as I lay quivering in my small bed. “Turn over,” she growled, with the belt poised. When I refused she said, “If you don’t turn over, I will hit you on your face.” I was no older than seven, and I had no choice. As the hard leather of the... Read more »
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My Only Child Is Lonely and It's All My Fault

Last night it happened, the moment I’d been dreading for years. After dinner and before bedtime, my six-year-old daughter broke down crying and said to me, “When Dad comes home it feels like you two are together and I’m off on my own.” It felt like I’d been punched in the stomach. She’s my only... Read more »

A Book Proposal and Another Damn Goodbye

Hello, wonderful friends. No, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth. And I haven’t abandoned you. In the last two weeks, in addition to stuffing my face with any food that has the word “sugar” listed as one of its top two ingredients, I have been super duper busy putting the finishing touches... Read more »

I'll Be Home, Hacking Up a Lung, For Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa

I'll Be Home, Hacking Up a Lung, For Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa
I used to consider myself a healthy person. Sure, I’d come down with a cold every now and then, but after a day or so I’d be back in reasonably good shape. This holiday season, all that has changed, as I’ve been hit with the grossest, slimiest, achiest, wheeziest, juiciest bout of god-knows-what I’ve ever... Read more »
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General Petraeus Had an Affair: Who the Heck Cares?

General Petraeus Had an Affair: Who the Heck Cares?
Another American hero took a tumble this week as news emerged that General David Petraeus, head of the CIA, had an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. It seems clear that he cheated. But do we simply write him off as a dirtbag because he had sex with someone other than his wife? I’m not so... Read more »

How an Ass-Kicking Cold Became My Bette Midler/Beaches Moment

How an Ass-Kicking Cold Became My Bette Midler/Beaches Moment
When you start to see 40 peaking its head out at you from around the corner, you think you’ve seen it all. Sure, there are surprises here and there, but you know yourself and your body pretty well. At least that was my take on things, until I got slammed with one of the nastiest, most phlegm-filled,... Read more »

My High School Reunion & Why I Can't Go Back, Yet

My High School Reunion & Why I Can't Go Back, Yet
My high school reunion is this weekend and I’m not going. Sure, there’s a part of me that wants to see all of the old familiar faces, find out what everyone’s been up to (in a non-Fakebook-y sort of way) and feel proud, even if I never mention them, of my recent personal and professional... Read more »
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Chicago Crime Surges: Is It Time for Families to Leave?

Chicago Crime Surges: Is It Time for Families to Leave?
As I gaze out of my apartment window here in Chicago wondering where, and not when, the next random shooting will take place (23 last night alone), I can’t help but recall a quote by Martin Niemöller that graces the entrance to the Holocaust Museum in D.C. “First they came for the socialists, and I did not... Read more »